Change the Rule was formed to urge the 17-member Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to change the rule they established that requires any candidate who is running for President to average 15% in five polls taken just days before the presidential debates in order to participate in those debates.
This rule must be changed to help create a genuinely fair and more competitive presidential election by making it possible for an independent candidate to take part in the presidential debates.
The Change the Rule Initiative reflects and responds to the views of a growing majority of Americans, who believe that with greater choice and competition in our politics we can move beyond the gridlock that’s paralyzing our political system, weakening our governance and diminishing our country’s prosperity and strength.
Recent national polls have found that 86 percent feel the political system is broken and does not serve the interests of the American people. Eighty-one percent believe that it is important to have independent candidates run for office, and 65 percent say they wish they had the option to vote for an independent candidate in a U.S. presidential election. At the same time, more than two-thirds of Americans do not believe that the independent candidate they would prefer can ever emerge because our election system is rigged to favor Democratic and Republican incumbents, and unfortunately, they are right.
There is nothing in the constitution of the United States, or in American law or history that requires that our President be from one of two parties.
By changing this rule we can level the playing field, give the American people a broader choice in their selection of our President, and enable more great Americans to run for president.